NOW. HERE. THIS.
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click any of the pics above to see more of my fresh finds on my Instagram feed - follow along!

I say this all the time… buy with your eye. And yes. It's been something that I practice. In fact, it's been the thing that has put me in business and kept me in business. Through the years, the moves, the starting overs - it's been my constant. And the painting above is a good example of it. Oh, and I didn't post all of my favorite behind the scenes stories and pics here, so… Click the pics above to see them (and more) on my Instagram!
You didn't think I just rolled into NYC, started a business and VOILA! Ha ha ha ha. Ha. I worked like ten jobs. Remember that In Loving Color sketch, you know the one… Yeah, that was me. Gotta say I loved it! Anyway, back to the flea market.
October 9, 2017
I remember 2004 as being a very cold winter. Perhaps these unseasonably warm temperatures in New York City have me fantasizing about my winter coat, I'm not sure, but I do seem to remember many cold early mornings spent at the flea market in New York City during that winter. And that's just where I was one early morning after getting off work at a local night club. You didn't think I just rolled into NYC, started a business and VOILA! Ha ha ha ha. Ha. I worked like ten jobs. Remember that In Loving Color sketch, you know the one… Yeah, that was me. Gotta say I loved it! Anyway, back to the flea market. I had already checked out the pay lot when I made a turn to head indoors to the garage (note: neither of those places are here now). Walking up the ramp, rather than down (sliding doors) I went first to one of my favorite dealers. In his booth he had this absolutely gorgeous modernist style stepped frame with a gesso finish. It had a super wide molding and was just a thing of beauty. I'd tell you to look at the photo above but that wouldn't help you much. You see that painting was in the aforementioned frame. But seeing as how I was strictly a frame dealer I didn't think I had any business buying a painting. I asked the dealer how much for the painting, um frame, and I quickly calculated that I'd be able to flip the frame for a nice profit and the painting would be, well, extra. Little did I know how much extra. You see back in 2004 there was this great division at Sotheby's called Arcade. It's where they sold good paintings. No, not the 0.0001% paintings. The other ones. And that is exactly where this one sold. Turns out that I had bought a portrait of Martha Graham by American painter Paul Raphael Meltsner. At the time, I had no idea. I never looked up anything before I bought it (still don't), I bought (and buy) with my gut. I figure, if I like it somebody else probably will too. And they did. As always, life taught me a great lesson that day, stick with what you're doing because you're on the right track, but remember to keep your eyes open as there may be something great coming your way. You'll have to check out the rest of the story on my Instagram! Keep up to date with my latest finds on my Instagram feed and feel free to drop me a line sometime…
Remember to follow my Heather Karlie Fine Art Instagram account and be sure to get in touch if you see something that you just can't live without! Keep in touch with new finds through my social media accounts. And it wouldn't hurt to sign up for my mailing list too. Links for all of those things are all over all of my sites. Seriously. Picasso is quoted as saying, "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." So friends, let's work! ;-) hkv
HKFA MAGAZINE
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SHOP HKFA
I'm all over New York City buying and flipping everyday. You can usually find my new finds on Instagram… be sure to follow to get your favorite find first.
Sourcing the freshest antique, modern and vintage pieces is what I do every day… I'm always looking for the rare, the sublime and the unique.
Heather Karlie
Sourcing the freshest antique, modern and vintage pieces is what I do every day. Whether I'm scouring the streets of Manhattan, the neighborhoods of Philadelphia or the flea markets along the East Coast - I'm always looking for the rare, the sublime and the unique. You can expect eye catching art, intricate sculpture, unique furniture, one of a kind lighting and so much more. Get in touch with me today and I'll start sourcing great finds for you! Working with a select group of Interior Designers is another aspect of my business. Loaning pieces for their showhouses, buying specific items and calling upon my curated group of artists and brands that I've created through Modern Look Book are other ways that I'm able to offer custom service to my clients.
Let's shop! Fresh to the market finds, contemporary art, eclectic vintage, one of a kind antiques - the Heather Karlie Fine Art Instagram feed has a tantalizing array of beautiful items. Click on any of the Instagram links to connect to my feed and see what's mine now, but should be yours with a click of a button!
FRESH VINTAGE, ANTIQUE, MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY DESIGN
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MODERN LOOK BOOK
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Modern Look Book is your entry into the world of vintage, antique, modern and contemporary finds presented in today's top interior design projects. I developed he Modern Look Book concept as a place to share some of my favorite finds as they go from early morning flea market score to the interiors of some of the world's top designers. Additionally, I wanted to share the talents of my friends and colleagues - artists, designers, entrepreneurs - and promote their work. Modern Look Book blends vintage with contemporary, antique with modern and shares the spotlight for all.
The Modern Look Book concept was born out of a necessity - the need to bring vintage and antique into contemporary settings. Plus, it's a great way to showcase the amazing work of my friends!
Heather Karlie
I've seen the home furnishings industry change at a pretty fast clip over the past few years, as well as watching the antiques business take a turn also. I knew there had to be a way to bring these two worlds together. The Modern Look Book concept was born out of a necessity - the need to bring vintage and antique into contemporary settings. Plus, it's a great way to showcase the amazing work of my friends! Being a dealer in vintage and antique finds allows me so many wonderful opportunities to learn about a new category every time I'm out shopping - it's a big part of why I am a dealer. Also, so many of my friends and colleagues are in arts related fields. I wanted to bring their talents into the interiors for which I was sourcing antique and vintage finds.
I'm happy to say the debut of Modern Look Book was a huge success with sales and exposure for everyone involved. Clintel Steed, Michael Penn and Montauk Style all made the debut a big hit. Continuing with these relationships, and building more, is integral to the success of Modern Look Book. Click on any of their names to go to their sites and see more.
20TH CENTURY BY HKFA
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20th Century by HKFA is rooted in those first years in Manhattan when I was a dealer in antique, period and modernist style picture frames. As the years went on, my eye became drawn to art, furniture, lighting, case goods, accessories, you name it! I was now a regular exhibitor at the Pier Antique Shows and the downtown Armory Antique Shows. My client roster was growing and so was my family.
20th Century by HKFA is rooted in those first years in Manhattan when I was a dealer in antique, period and modernist style picture frames.
Heather Karlie
I met my husband while waitressing (because everyone in New York City has more than one job) and we welcomed our first daughter in 2008. Buying and selling continued to grow and so did our family. We welcomed our second daughter in 2009. New York City had given me a profession and a family. Life was wonderful. By then we were living in the same tiny West Village studio apartment that I had moved into back in 2002 and it had become just a bit too small for the four of us. So we pulled up stakes and moved to Cidade Maravilhosa, Rio de Janeiro. My husband is a true Carioca and I immediately fell in love with the rhythm and beauty of Rio. I discovered Praca Quinze, the famed flea market, as well as a new passion - Brazilian modernist furniture. I had soon bought enough to fill a container and ship it back to New York City. The market was ripe for the ultra fresh, ultra exclusive finds. We slowly wound our way back to the States and settled in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Beautiful scenery with the added bonus of proximity to New York City, we were enjoying it all. After a couple years there we headed to my hometown of Philadelphia. Home of Rocky, the cheesesteak and our Founding Fathers. It was a great move as the buying in Philly was particularly strong. We then went North and explored the South Shore of Boston for a spell - only to be greeted with one of the harshest winters on record and enjoyed about ten feet of snow in that first year! As always, I made the best of it and found some really wonderful places to source great vintage, modern and antique finds.
But, my heart drew me and my family back to New York City! With a great (small) two bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side and a storage / showroom on East 91st Street - 20th Century by HKFA / Modern Look Book / Heather Karlie Fine Art is back where it all began!!!
HKFA
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In a 341 square foot apartment packed to the walls with fine antique picture frames in New York's West Village, Heather Karlie Fine Art was founded in 2002. I had moved to New York City with the dream of becoming an antique dealer. With a six month sublet and six hundred dollars, I set out into the City that Never Sleeps. It was here that I happened upon the world famous 26th Street flea market. Every weekend dealers brought their freshest finds and the buyers lined up with flash lights in hand to buy them. I had found my passion in antique and period picture frames, so I became a specialist.
The reception was warm and I soon found myself schlepping armfuls of frames on the 1 train…
Heather Karlie
Reaching out to Manhattan's elite Upper East Side art galleries, I asked for appointments to show them my inventory of picture frames. The reception was warm and I soon found myself schlepping armfuls of frames on the 1 train to Union Square, then changing to the 6 train uptown. Yes. I started my business with a MetroCard. Only a few times was I actually asked to leave the train, most times it was smooth sailing and an interesting ride to boot. It's not everyday when you see someone with ten antique frames on their shoulders. Not even for so called 'jaded' New Yorkers. I had a business. And an awesome opportunity. Pablo Picasso is quoted as saying, "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working". Well, if you ask me, New York City is the home of inspiration!
I had established myself as a serious dealer in fine picture frames and found my clients throughout the coveted Upper East Side and all along upper Madison Avenue. With a selection of frames on my shoulder and a swipe of my MetroCard I was transported from my studio apartment in the West Village to another world. A world of Picassos and Kandinskys, Cassats and Sargents, Titians and Tintorettos... it was magical.
You know it's art when the check clears
Andy Warhol
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
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20th Century by HKFA was the next step from my New York City based antique picture frame sourcing business, Heather Karlie Fine Art. After a few years of sourcing, buying and selling antique, period and modernist style frames, I began to deal in furniture, furnishings, lighting, art, sculpture… And so 20th Century by HKFA was born. Click here to see more!
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Modern Look Book started in 2015 as a new approach to vintage - making it modern. I wanted to mix in great modern and contemporary design, art and brands in vintage interiors. I gathered up a core group of friends and colleagues' work to debut it all alongside my vintage and antique finds. It was a huge success. Click here to read more!
LOCATION AND HOURS

LOCATION

a rolling stone gathers no moss
The warehouse / showroom is in New York City.
315 East 91st Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues.
Keep up with new finds and flea market pop-ups through social media.

HOURS

shop 24/7 on my Instagram feed.
Contact me for an appointment in NYC.
May, July and September find me in Brimfield.
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